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Sunday, 26 June 2016

26.06.16 Silent Sunday

Four leaf clover



Friday, 24 June 2016

EU Referendum Parenting Fail

How not to tell your children about the Referendum Result

As a relatively recent Philosophy, Politics and Economics graduate, I feel I am pretty clued up on EU matters and I thought I had done a good job of explaining the referendum to my children.

This morning, like so many others, I woke with a heavy heart. I felt sad, despondent and generally rather shitty. Then I realised that I would have to tell my son the result. Both children had come with me to vote yesterday and I explained how the vote worked and how I was voting.


Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Persil Bio Capsules review

Running a B&B means that I get through an awful lot of washing! Even though I now send the sheets and duvet covers out to laundry, I am still left with all the towels and pillowcases to wash. It’s amazing how dirty white towels can get. From people who take all their make-up off to walkers cleaning their bloodied feet, there are all sorts of things which can be on our towels and pillows. I’m always looking for a washing detergent which has the power to remove those stains without having to use an additional stain remover in the wash.

Persil Bio Capsules Review

Friday, 17 June 2016

Last Minute Father's Day Present Ideas!

If you're anything like me, then the fact that it's Father's Day in two days (19th June), may have escaped your knowledge. In fairness, I did know it was soon, I just hadn't realised it was THAT soon! Thankfully, my husband is in France for a few days at Euro2016, so I have a little time to prepare!

Here are a few last minute items that you are perfectly within your rights to nip out and buy tomorrow. I know I shall be!


Your YouTube #74

Hello lovelies and welcome back to Your YouTube. The video I have chosen from all of the linked up videos is from Gina Caro. She filmed her May half term sailing holiday and it looked absolutely magical! I am absolutely rubbish on boats but I think it looks amazing and I wish I had better sea legs! Have a watch and see how the pros do it!


Thursday, 16 June 2016

Stickman Games in Grizedale Forest

We recently visited Grizedale Forest as part of our half term adventure in the Lake District (more on that to come soon). I had heard, and seen, so many good things about the Stickman Trails and thought that the children would love to try it out. As it turned out, there was also an Xplorer orienteering event on the same day, so we also took part in that!

Stickman trail


Tuesday, 7 June 2016

May Month in a Minute

May has been busy. It's probably our busiest month in the B&B every year. Cyclists are hitting the road and the walkers are out in force! Busy is good, and I have once again learnt the lesson that I need to pace myself. Someone please remind me of this next year! Thankfully we spent the very end of May in a yurt in the Lake District (there will definitely be a blog post and video to follow). It was really relaxing and our children played so well and actually got on with each other for once! We also went for a rather long walk (7 miles) up Loughrigg Fell and down the other side. The views from the top were absolutely sensational and I am so proud of both children for making it up to the top. It was a tough old walk! Here is my May, in a minute!


Sunday, 5 June 2016

05.06.16 Silent Sunday

View of Grasmere



Friday, 27 May 2016

Your YouTube #72

The video I have chosen from all of the linked up videos is from Kara at Chelsea Mama. She filmed a hot air balloon flight over Dorset. I have always loved the idea of going on a hot air balloon, although I would definitely have to overcome my fear of heights first! The footage Kara has filmed is fantastic and it looks like a wonderful experience.


Friday, 20 May 2016

Couch to 5K Beginner Tips

Five weeks ago I started Couch to 5k, along with two other mums from school. I don’t really even remember how it came about that we decided to do it, but I love the idea of going for a run. We live in such a beautiful area but I have always held off because of the hills. As you’ve seen from my Instagram pictures, they’re pretty big! Spurred on by the face that more than one of us wanted to do it, we agreed to start.

It’s safe to say that I am very nearly the heaviest I have ever been weight wise and although I have done detoxes and watched what I ate in the past, fundamentally, I want to be able to eat cake and chocolate but not get any fatter! Running seems to be the perfect way to do this, I just needed to learn how (to run that is, I'm well versed in chocolate consumption)!

Couch to 5k beginner tips

The first week shouldn't have been tough, but it was. I discovered I had shin splints (apparently from when I was younger). I'm still having physio for these now, but I'm glad I found out about them so early on! 
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